• Infrastructure

  • The greater South Haven area is well connected to major hubs in the mid-west. From local commuting to weekend getaways, there are multiple ways to travel through and beyond Van Buren County.

    Amtrak provides daily services via Bangor to and from Grand Rapids and Chicago. A county-wide transit system known as Van Buren Public Transit provides dial-a-ride and metro loop services daily.

    Additionally the highways and byways of the greater South Haven area are convenient for bringing goods into and out of the area. Van Buren County’s three major rail lines are crisscrossed with eighty-two miles of State highways along with forty-one miles of Interstate system. I-94 runs from Mattawan in the east through Paw Paw and Lawrence to Hartford in the west. I-196 enters western Van Buren County in Covert Township and runs north through South Haven. This transportation network allows for the efficient movement of raw and finished materials as well as commuters and travelers to Detroit, Chicago, Indianapolis and Grand Rapids.

    The Kalamazoo/Battlecreek International Airport, Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids, and the South Bend Regional Airport are within a short driving distance and non-commercial planes can use the South Haven Regional Airport.

    Area communities and businesses are standing up to international competition by embracing advances in communication technology and energy production. Bloomingdale Communications, Inc. plans to expand broadband services as they complete a fiber optic project on the east-side of the county. These advances will provide a level playing field for rural businesses and telecommuters when competing with metropolitan and global counterparts.

    Power generation has long been a staple to the economy of Van Buren County. The construction of a five hundred million-dollar facility to utilize natural gas to generate twelve hundred mega-watts of electricity in Covert Township has complimented Palisades Nuclear Power Plant’s generation of nearly two thousand mega-watts – there is no doubt that we are a community of power!

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